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"Very funny movie made by and featuring members of the veteran L.A. punk band the Vandals. This film features live footage of (bands) the Vandals and Guttermouth with actors from Repo Man, Mr. Show, Tenacious D, Straight to Hell, etc. intertwined in a tromaesque plot (space aliens, zombie police, pregnant junkies). Sound track features Nerf Herder, Lagwagon, Pennywise, The Ataris, Rancid, Sloppy Seconds, Swingin' Utters, and many more. DVD comes with tons of extras."
The Real Story
kungfurecords | Hollywood, CA United States | 04/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"On March 6, 2001, Kung Fu Records will release THAT DARN PUNK, its first feature film direct to home video under the Kung Fu Films banner. This is not a digital video, music video, concert video, "rockumentary," or Internet project. It is a feature length movie shot on film. You will not see TDP at posh film festivals or "underground" film festivals. In fact, says the Kung Fu President, "You have to admit, festivals are pretty lame. The Kung Fu label has customers that want to see and CAN see this film now. There is no need for a festival." In 1996 Kung Fu released the soundtrack to the Ben Affleck film, Glory Daze. Although this seemed like a big break as only the second release for the young label, it was a year before the film was released to the public and Kung Fu's customer base was not pleased. 8,000 of them had already bought it and were waiting to see the film. This time, Kung Fu has effectively eliminated the Hollywood machine from the entire equation. Originally approached to just do a soundtrack for the film by director Jeff Richardson, Kung Fu told him that if he would slash the budget (to $20,000) and gear it a little more toward teenage punkers, Kung Fu would finance it and release it on home video THE SAME DAY the soundtrack is released. The film stars members of The Vandals, with bassist Joe Escalante playing a punk musician who pays the ultimate price for his back stage indiscretions. Kidnapped, drugged, and left in the desert to die for his sins, he manages to dodge enough gangsters, dead cops, UFOs, and pregnant alien junkies to make it back to his best girl. But was it too late? The film is loaded with classic songs from leading punk bands like Pennywise, Rancid and Lagwagon, with exclusive tracks from Nerf Herder, No Motiv, and The Vandals. New music from Kung Fu's Ataris, Assorted Jelly Beans, MI-6, Antifreeze, and OZMA round out a high quality soundtrack with no "turds" thrown in as "favors." TDP also stars Repo Man's Zander Schloss, Mr. Show's Scott Aukerman, and Tenacious D's Kyle Gass, as part of a large cast with over 40 speaking roles. With comparisons being made to films like Repo Man and Roger Corman's Suburbia, Kung Fu is quick to point out that those films cost way over a million dollars, even in their day. Says Escalante; "we're talking about $21,000 here, so let's keep that in perspective. It's more like what Robert Rodriguez did with El Mariachi, except the kids get this first, not some Hollywood agents." Advance orders for the soundtrack have already covered the entire cost of the film's production...four times over!"
How people really are when we're not looking ...
Love My Prime | San Francisco, CA | 06/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hilariously written and poorly acted, this episodic tale trounces through the weird and the wonderful. Although the movie clearly suffers from its budget being an afterthought, it has moments of sheer brilliance in how it captures the assortment of humanity we meet. I'm particularly fond of "Spoons" and the Japanese phone lady. Oh, yeah, and the pregnant junkie hooker. The soundtrack rocks, but you knew that already, didn't you?"
A must buy...right now...
boarderguy13 | Wisconsin | 03/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this cd and wanted to get it right away. It has everything from classic songs like Aliens (Pennywise), GGF (Rancid), and After You My Friend (Lagwagon) to new recorded songs ,Roy (Nerf Herder), Only You (No Motiv), and Right on Q (The Vandals), which right now can be found nowhere else. Beyond this, is even more unreleased songs from Kung Fu bands like The Ataris and Assorted Jelly Beans, and sneak peaks at upcoming Kung Fu bands like MI-6, Antifreeze and our unbelievable newest signing, OZMA. This cd is a must buy for anyone."
Awful (Not even worth the 1 star!)
K. Stricker | Ventura Cty, CA | 02/25/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This was one of the worst movies I have ever attempted to watch. I had to TURN IT OFF. I love the Vandals, which is why I wanted to see it. In result, it made punk in general look ridiculous! Some of these bands should stick to making music, when they go off and try to make a movie as horrible as this, it makes their fans take a second look at who they are all about! Now Suburbia is a good movie, low budget - yes, but a good punk movie. The acting is bad, but the acting in "That Darn Punk" was just something to plain laugh at, before you turn the thing OFF! "